Style in the City – what to wear in New York

Of all the wonderful cities in the world, it is New York that I truly wish to visit. Times Square, the Empire State and Chrysler buildings, a Sex in the City Tour, Broadway, there are just so many things I want to do and places I want to visit, the Big Apple is absolutely top of my bucket list when it comes to travel and city breaks.

Travel giant Thomson recently asked me to create a fashion mood board for the city I would most love to visit, and obviously New York was my number one choice. I thought carefully about the theme of ‘party’ and decided that, in this most sophisticated of cities, party would mean cocktails and a night taking in a show on Broadway. I did think about using Carrie Bradshaw as my starting point, but, again keeping the sophistication of the city in mind, I decided to focus on Audrey Hepburn style in that most New York of movies. ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’.

New York Mood Board

                                              Inspiration

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    New York Party Mood Board

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My key choice was a Max Mara wool, silk blend dress that has both simplicity and elegance.  I love the fact that the dress is classic navy rather than black (Navy is a better choice for blondes). I would add a Jimmy Choo Agnes 100 glitter court in anthracite for a touch of glamour, with a Skinny Dip glitter clutch.  With all the glittery glamour of the bag and shoes, I would avoid Audrey’s necklace, but would give a nod to the pearls with some Tory Burch crystal pearl drop earrings.

The colour palette is stark, with the navy dress contrasted against the metallic glitter of both the shoes and bag, I think this works well as understated yet glamorous look that would work for cocktails, the ballet or Opera, or food in a top floor restaurant.

Have you ever visited New York?

 

 

Wardrobe essentials from Marks and Spencer

As much as we all love high fashion styles and trends, our wardrobes need the essential pieces. These are not fashion in any way, and yet always seem to appear current, vibrant and on trend. The wardrobe essentials are the classics, the items that if you asked any woman what item of clothing they could live without, these would be top of every single list.

So what am I talking about? Marks and Spencer recently made a list of the fail-safe items. The list included a classic trenchcoat in beige, flat loafer shoes, a classic black handbag, cropped jeans and a crisp white shirt. Basically all the pieces that ruled the off screen wardrobe of Hollywood style rebel (and total fashion non-conformist) Katherine Hepburn, and both the on and off screen wardrobes of her namesake, the wonderful Audrey Hepburn. These are things that need to be in your wardrobe, and if you have any doubts, just take a look at pictures of these two icons. Do they look anything less that ultra modern and yet classic? Is there style any less relevant in the 21st century. The answer now is no, and this will still be the answer in another 50 years.

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The final scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

 

The lips, the loafter and the shirt - the totally magnificent Kate.

The lips, the loafter and the shirt – the totally magnificent Kate.

A white shirt can be anything from workwear to this sexy look

A white shirt can be anything from workwear to this sexy look

Love that this trench was probably from the menswear section

Love that this trench was probably from the menswear section

Follow the icons with new season Marks and Spencer, a classic brand paying homage to classic style.

M&S COLLECTION Buttonsafe™ Faux Suede Belted Trench Coat £69.00 click to visit Marks and Spencer

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Buttonsafe™ Faux Suede Belted Trench Coat
£69.00 click to visit Marks and Spencer

M&S COLLECTION No Peep™ Easy to Iron Pintuck Shirt £25.00 click to visit Marks and Spencer

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No Peep™ Easy to Iron Pintuck Shirt
£25.00 click to visit Marks and Spencer

M&S COLLECTION Faux Leather Front Pocket Tote Bag £39.50 click to visit Marks and Spencer

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Faux Leather Front Pocket Tote Bag
£39.50 click to visit Marks and Spencer

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M&S COLLECTION Round Face Watch T066064T £39.50 click to visit Marks and Spencer

M&S COLLECTION Winged Round Frame Sunglasses £18.00 click to visit Marks and Spencer

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Winged Round Frame Sunglasses
£18.00 click to visit Marks and Spencer

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M&S COLLECTION New Faux Snakeskin Loafers with Insolia Flex® £25.00 click to visit Marks and Spencer

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CLASSIC Washed Look Cropped Denim Jeans £22.50 click to visit Marks and Spencer

M&S COLLECTION Tencel® Open Front Slouch Blazer £49.50 click to visit Marks and Spencer

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Tencel® Open Front Slouch Blazer
£49.50 click to visit Marks and Spencer

 

Do you have all these classics in your wardrobe? What else would you add to the list?

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